Recycling Helps Charities Clean Up

Recycling Helps Charities Clean Up

A recycling program operated by Coopers Brewery is providing a significant boost to South Australian charities.

The program was introduced in 2006 to recycle materials such as cardboard, glass, aluminium and old machinery that was previously disposed of at a cost.

Since then, recycling has raised more than $380,000, all of which has been contributed to the Coopers Brewery Foundation.

The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Cooper Brewery and makes quarterly grants to charitable organisations with recognised strengths in medical research and health care, youth education and aged care and in fostering family and community support based on Christian values.

Speaking after a recent distribution of grants, the Chair of the Foundation, Ms Melanie Cooper, said that the Foundation had now raised and distributed more than $2 million to a total of 120 charities for 144 individual projects, with recycling providing a valuable contribution to the fund raising activities.

“The recycling program was initially introduced as a cost saving measure,” she said.

“We were spending a significant amount of money to dispose of waste material to landfill and it was likely that these charges were going to rise in the future. We saw recycling as one way of reducing these costs.

“However, it quickly became obvious that the waste had value and we could raise money by recycling it. We decided that any money raised in this way should go to the Foundation.

“The program has been enthusiastically embraced by everyone at the brewery and we are delighted by how much it has raised.

“I would urge all businesses to consider similar schemes.”

Ms Cooper, who is also Coopers Company Secretary, said the Foundation was funded by non-core income-generating activities at the brewery, including the proceeds of tours, recycling, speaker fees for any Cooper family members and concerts at the brewery as well as an annual Foundation golf day and donations from individuals and companies.

Coopers covers the cost of the Foundation with many brewery staff donating time and services to help raise funds.